Many people here have made references to this other posters’ soul, here on the board.
But did they really understand what a soul was[is]?
He’s got soul
“We will tear your soul apart!”
Famous Pinhead quote from Clive Barker’s highly successful ‘Hellraiser’ horror series. And one of my favorite lines as well.
..but what is a SOUL
The American Heritage College Dictionary defined:
(sol) [/b]n.[/b] 1.
The animating and vital principle in human beings
, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity. 2.
The spiritual nature of human beings, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.
As defined by The Bible:
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word for "soul" is nephesh. Nephesh means "a person," "breath," or "soul" or “life.” Just as there is a difference between atoms and electrons, there is a difference between the soul and the spirit. One is finer than the other. The core of an atom is the smallest particle thereof.
The soul or life is subject to death, but the spirit is indestructible.
Jesus said in John 6:63:
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
"then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it."
The "soul" or life, or body, is subject to death and resurrection, but the spirit is the essence of life. The spirit can depart from a person just as it departs from the soul (James 2:26 -"For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.")
Animals are said to have "soul" in the sense that they have life. However, they are never considered identical with men, for men were created in God's image and endowed with His spirit. Animals do not have "spirit."
Honestly now, who
rights this stuff?! And how do they know?!
Now, depending on what religion or faith one subscribes to, will determine the difference of definition.
I noticed that the dictionary and the Bible make reference to humans only. Does that mean humans are the only creatures possessed of a soul? And if that’s the case [and we are also animals] how do we reconcile this distinction? I mean, aren’t we animals as well?
And is that to say lower animals can’t feel
I once knew this kindergarten girl from my daughter’s class who scared the heck out of me. I’m serious here. I tend to try and feel people’s intend when I meet them. Odd, I know, but it’s a way for me to determine whether a person is possessed of good intentions, or just plain nasty folks. Anyway, I’d see this little girl playing with the other kids on the playground, eating lunch with friends while on field trips, and doing class work along with everyone else. The one thing I recall of her was that she was exceptionally quiet. And I never really paid much attention to her until one day, as she was passing by me, she suddenly stop, looked up at me, and smiled. And I swear that when she looked at me, my knees buckled.
There didn’t seem to be anything behind her eyes, is the best way to describe it. I got the distinct feeling that she was ‘empty’— that there was nothing ‘there’
. It’s not an easy feeling to describe. And I’d never felt that way with anyone before or since. Another thing I recall was that you couldn’t distinguish her pupil from her iris [eyes]. Both were darker than I’d ever seen. Maybe this had something to do with it as well, but I doubt it.
Anyway, I wonder if this is what people mean by soulless? I’ve met others who’ve come close to soliciting this feeling from me, but never like this girl. She
After that day, I've always wondered whether people can be born without this vital piece. Like someone born sightless, or limbless.